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Edie Falco Talks About Why She Never Married, Finding Love

Marriage Makes Edie Falco Roll Her Eyes

She's played a gangster's wife on The Sopranos and now inhabits the drug-addicted role of Nurse Jackie, and the real-life Edie Falco is also quite unconventional. An adoptive mother and recovering addict, Falco has never married, in an age when not being married can still get you labeled a lesbian.

Judging by her interview with the Daily Beast, Falco isn't exactly jonesing for marital bliss. Here's what she had to say:

  • On whether not being married makes her sad: "I’m not sad about any of my life. It’s so unconventional. It doesn’t look anything like I thought it would. I really am just making it up as I go along. And it took me a long time to realize that’s OK."
  • On finding love elsewhere: "[I]f the main centerpiece of all of this is supposed to be love then I am living in a deluge of it — the friendships that I have that are, on the average, 30 years old, my family, my children. . . . My kids have never seen me scream at anybody. They’ve never seen an argument. There’s never been even a cold silence. And those are things that I grew up with because my parents did end up divorcing."
  • On her perception of marriage: "I’m sure my parents' divorces did affect me in some way, but also in my life in general I don’t see a lot of marriages that look appealing to me. Because I’m not married I tend to get a lot of eye-rolling conversations with people about their marriages. Why would I want to head there? I want love in my life, no question about that. But I have a ton of it. My own kids have seen nothing but love and compassion and friendships that have been worked on diligently because friendships are like marriages in a lot of ways."

Interestingly, Falco says she would still consider marrying if she found the absolute right person, which seems fitting. Part of wanting love in your life means being open to it wherever you find it. Do you agree that you can have a love-filled life without marriage?

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JustSayin4 JustSayin4 5 years
Edie, lesbian, awesome!!! If she is, cool....if not, shucks!! :)
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Actually skigurl, you DID post "she....looks like a lesbian" and that comment is what people are finding out of line. I am unmarried, over 40 and am straight, and I am sure that there are some people out there who wonder about me too. Nothing I can do about that, just need to live my life and be thankful that I am not in some of the shitty marriages that my friends and family are in.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Pretty much! :love:
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I didn't say I thought she was a lesbian...I was just asking if she was! I'm not the only one whose mind that thought popped into! And just because you are unmarried at 40 doesn't mean you're automatically gay. I never said that, and I said you can still be happy and have lots of love and happiness in your life even if you're single at 40. Get over it. and that picture of Portia is hottttt
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Um, DUH guys.... THIS is what a lesbian looks like.
else411 else411 7 years
Lanwa, are you thinking of her time with Stanley Tucci?
lanwa lanwa 7 years
Wasn't she involved with another married broadway actor (recently nominated for an Oscar)? I heard that for years she was. why does any woman not intersted in being a "man-slave" get labled lesbian? Totally ridiculous and entirely none of my business unless I'm sleeping with her....Does George Clooney get labled gay?Oh yeah,he was married, but learned he didn't like it one bit..
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
"Because she is unmarried, adopted, and looks like a lesbian?" And what exactly does a lesbian look like, hmm?
bribella27 bribella27 7 years
I completely agree. I understand that being married is what society is used to and expects from a couple, but just because you are not married does not make you any less committed or love each other less than a couple that is married.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
"Looks like a lesbian"? That's pretty rude.
stephley stephley 7 years
"looks like a lesbian"? She looks like half the moms picking up kids on any school playground, or a female politician...
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I like her as an actress. Good for her for not being bound by some societal pressure to get married or whatever. She's happy and yes, I agree that you can have abundance of love regardless you're married or not. :)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
Because she is unmarried, adopted, and looks like a lesbian? I'm not saying all unmarried adoptive parents are gay, i'm just saying those 3 things make it an obvious question If the answer is no, I'm cool with that. If it's yes, I'm cool with that too. I just thought I'd throw it out there.
stephley stephley 7 years
What makes it an obvious question about her sexuality? She's pretty clear that she hasn't seen a marriage that makes her envious...
kismekate kismekate 7 years
Thanks for bringing it up skigurl, thought I'd be an ass by saying that I totally think she's a lesbian. I have great gaydar and it rings all sorts of bells whenever I hear about her or see her.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
Yes, I think you can, however I would like to have marriage in my life. It's just a goal of mine, and I've grown up seeing healthy marriages in my life, so I feel it can happen. Anyway, is she possibly a lesbian? I have no clue, it's just nto raised here, and seems like an obvious question.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Absolutely. It's insulting when people assume that an unmarried couple love each other any less.
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